The kindergarten class at Bayhealth’s childcare center came up with big ideas to make their graduation special for their parents. With the help of teachers Carie Harper and Karen McConnell, they raised enough money from their vegetable sale to treat their parents and support a local childcare center in need. The spirit of giving has blossomed in this young group, and they are learning at a young age to live out Bayhealth’s mission to improve the health of everyone in their community.
“The childcare center plants a vegetable garden every year, but most of our produce wasn’t ready yet,” said Harper. “Our class of 20 students collected donations of vegetables instead.” They staffed a successful vegetable sale at the center on May 18, selling out and raising $263, far exceeding their $40 goal.
Harper encouraged students to consider what they could do with the extra money. They decided to help some neighbors in need at Mom’s House of Dover, a nonprofit that provides child care services to low-income, single-parent families.
Bayhealth’s human resources team members also received the goodwill. They make a group donation to Mom’s House every December on their own, but wanted to contribute again to support the students’ efforts. The employees donated funds to double what the children raised, bringing the charitable gift to $415. The class undertook a field visit to deliver the donation.
These pre-K graduates marked this milestone moment in their education by showing that they have learned the values of hard work and giving back. “The students are proud to give each of their parents a carnation at graduation. And they were even more proud to support a good cause with the extra funds they raised at the sale,” said Brenda Kibler, Bayhealth Child Care Center Director.